The Brickworks Project is a major initiative by the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild (www.sjiagguild.com) to re-purpose an historic property in the heart of Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington. Situated at 150 Nichols Street in Friday Harbor and taking its name from its original role, the project most prominently includes the restoration of the original building and its re-purposing, along with an outdoor plaza, green space and stage, to provide a community gathering place for a variety of local food-based, educational and cultural activities and events. Proceeds benefit the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild’s programs to foster a vibrant, resilient and sustainable food system in San Juan County, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit.
The addition of a commercially certified Community Kitchen has further enhanced what Brickworks has to offer. This addition has made the facility even more suitable for holding lunches, dinners and wedding rehearsals. These uses complement its important potential as a standalone rental facility for start-up chefs, food vendors and caterers, thus serving its additional role as a food business incubator. A reduced rate for the kitchen use is offered to members of Island Grown in the San Juans.
“Brickworks has been instrumental in the success of my small business start-up. By providing a commercial-grade community kitchen at an affordable rate, Island Grown has helped turn my dream into reality.”
- Frank Sicilia, Rolling Sushi owner/chef
Brickworks now provides venue space for farmers, food purveyors, entertainers and craftspeople as well as consumers – both residents and visitors – with a year-round central facility in the heart of Friday Harbor. In 2017, the Ag Guild provided over $9,000 in reduced or free Brickworks venue rentals for non-profit community events.